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Programme Manager

Aston Business School

Location:  Aston University Main Campus
Salary:  £42,149 to £50,296 per annum
Grade:  Grade 09
Contract Type:  Fixed Term (36 months)
Basis:  Full Time
Closing Date:  23.59 hours BST on Wednesday 29 September 2021
Interview Date:  Friday 15 October 2021
Reference:  R210352
Release Date:  Wednesday 08 September 2021

Aston Business School is a global leader in bridging the world of intellectual discovery and the practical needs of enterprises and the professions. Based within the Business School, Aston Centre for Growth, designs and delivers business support programmes for SMEs and provides other business support opportunities for entrepreneurs, as well as start-up and incubation support to student and graduate businesses. The programmes currently delivered by the Centre for Growth include, Help to Grow: Management, Aston Programme for Small Business Growth, Minerva Birmingham Pitch Up, Productivity through People, BSEEN (Birmingham Skills for Enterprise and Employability Network) and Aston Business Mentoring Programme.   The Centre works alongside leading research centres ERC (the national Enterprise Research Centre) and CREME (Centre for Research into Ethnic Minority Entrepreneurship).  Through these centres of excellence Aston has built a significant role in the West Midlands region and nationally in promoting inclusive growth through impactful research and business engagement.  Aston was awarded both University of the Year by the Guardian and THE Outstanding Entrepreneurial University in 2020.

The Centre for Growth has a small team of 10-15 people and the Programme Manager is a senior member of the Centre’s team with responsibility for leading on core business engagement activity for the benefit of entrepreneurs and small businesses.  The role requires relationship building with the SME beneficiaries as well as funders and regional bodies, academics and external experts, as well as line-managing a small delivery team. 

The successful candidate will be passionate about providing high quality support to small businesses and will enjoy working collaboratively with a range of people within the University and externally in what is often a fast paced and developing environment.  Previous experience of managing programme operations and end-to-end delivery of business support is essential, as is a proactive approach to taking advantage of opportunities and the ability to support others to thrive in a flexible and productive team.

Please note: Redeployees will be given priority consideration for vacancies

Please note that anonymous shortlisting will be carried out for this role as part of Aston University’s commitment to equality and diversity and ensuring a fair and consistent approach to recruitment. Personal details that are included on application forms, including the candidate’s name and address will not be disclosed to the shortlisting panel.  We kindly ask that candidates do not send CVs or cover letters as these will not be considered. Please note that only answers that fall within the application form questions will be assessed. 


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If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact HR via recruitment@aston.ac.uk

Aston University is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.



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